5 Low-Back Stretches You Can Do at Home

5 Low-Back Stretches You Can Do at Home

Many people suffer from back pain. These five stretches can help you improve the uncomfortable effects of subluxation. Though regularly visiting the chiropractor is one of the best ways to prevent subluxations and back pain, there are other tools you can implement at home to feel your best. Eating well, meditating, and spending time outdoors have all been proven to contribute to optimum health. The following 5 stretches will help, as well.

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Stretches For Your Mid Back

Stretches For Your Mid Back

Tightness between shoulder blades, mid back pain, stress stored in the tops of your shoulders, rounded shoulders are all common symptoms of modern life. These easy, at home exercises will help alleviate the tension in your back and improve your range of motion. Grab your trusty Foam Roller and join us!

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Chiropractic for Cyclists

Chiropractic for Cyclists

A burning sensation in the shoulders, numbness of the arms and hands, and tightness in the neck are common sensations among both recreational and competitive cyclists. They might be easy to ignore at first, but if they come back again and again they can seriously interfere with both enjoyment and training progress. Upper and lower back problems are another common consequence of regular cycling. Can a chiropractor help with these problems?

Absolutely. In addition, chiropractors can help prevent injuries and even enhance speed, strength, and efficiency for healthy cyclists. Athletes of all kinds can find help with rehabilitation, maintenance, prevention, and treatment in the hands of a well-trained chiropractor.

Chiropractors have a unique set of skills to offer cyclists, in addition to their general musculoskeletal expertise. Both specific and general skills are critical to successful treatment of cyclists because everything in cycling is interconnected: the nerves, the muscles, and the joints. In fact, if your physician doesn't address all three of these issues at once, you are likely to continue to have the symptoms, pain, or injury without relief.

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5 Exercise Tips for Better Posture

5 Exercise Tips for Better Posture

"Good posture" is more than an indication of whether you paid attention as a kid when your parents admonished you to "Stand up straighter" or "Don't slump your shoulders like that". Posture is the position in which you naturally hold your body when you are standing, sitting, and even lying down.

"Good posture" is what you do to maintain the correct alignment of your body parts.  This means you are supported by the right amounts of muscle tension against the pull of gravity. Most of us normally give no thought to our posture. Our muscles tend to "do it for us," without us even thinking about it.

The problem with this largely unconscious process is that over time our muscles can become weak or improperly trained to hold our bodies in less than an optimum position. This is bad-news-bears because proper posture helps us to keep our bones in correct alignment so that their supporting muscles are used correctly

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Chiropractic Care for Herniated Discs?

Chiropractic Care for Herniated Discs?

One of the most painful causes of lower back pain occurs when the spinal discs in the lumbar area become "herniated." A herniated disc happens when the soft inner core between the bones bulges out into the spine.  This places pressure on the spinal nerve root, and often the spinal cord itself!  OUCH!   The result can be pain in the lower back as well as numbness, tingling, or weakness in the legs and buttocks.  DOUBLE OUCH!

Medical doctors tend to treat acutely herniated disks with oral steroids and epidural injections of cortisone, both of which have limited success rates and adverse side effects. Recently, however, a major study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiologic Therapeutics has found that both chronic and acute herniated disks can be effectively treated by chiropractic adjustments. Woohoo!

The year-long study followed 148 patients whose lumbar herniations had been confirmed by MRI scans. All patients suffered from a form of back pain, sciatica, and radiating leg symptoms, and 79 of them had experienced these symptoms without noticeable relief for over three months. The patients in the study were treated with chiropractic adjustments appropriate for their individual cases, characterized by the researchers as "high-velocity, low-amplitude spinal manipulation." This is what your Longmont Chiropractors at New Leaf Chiropractic do! Triple WOOHOO!

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Where Does Good Balance and Coordination Come From?

Where Does Good Balance and Coordination Come From?

Proprioception is a complex system of anatomical checks and balances, neural impulses, and brain functions that controls our sense of balance, coordination, and agility. Put simply, proprioception is the "sixth sense" that enables you to scratch your head without looking in a mirror or climb a flight of stairs without having to look at each step. Most of us are so accustomed to proprioception that we take it for granted.

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Chiropractic Helps Reduce Golf Injuries and Improve Performance

Chiropractic Helps Reduce Golf Injuries and Improve Performance

Can chiropractic care improve your golf game? As a golfer, you may have pondered this very question-and now you're in luck. A recent Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) study showed that a combination of chiropractic care and stretching enables golfers to increase their drive distance by nearly 10%. PGA golfers such as Tiger Woods and Padraig Harrington certainly believe this to be true, as they've incorporated chiropractic treatment into their training regimens for years.

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A Guide to the Most Common Foot Ailments

A Guide to the Most Common Foot Ailments

Our feet affect the rest of our bodies in a number of significant ways. We depend on our feet for good balance in standing, walking and running. So it makes sense that problems with our feet can lead to problems with our backs, which ultimately degrades the health of our spines-and poor spine health can adversely affect the entire body. Foot problems are quite common, but, fortunately, most can usually be treated relatively easily.

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What is a "Charley Horse?"

What is a "Charley Horse?"

"Charley horse" is a North American slang term for a painful muscle spasm. These muscle spasms are very common and may occur while exercising or when falling asleep. A charley horse occurs when the muscles of the calf or foot (and less often, the thigh, arms, hands, abdomen and rib cage) suddenly tighten up and "seize" or become hard to the touch. The condition can be very painful and may last anywhere from several seconds to over a day.

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